A Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS), has postponed the judgment of a Danish man, Peter Nielsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife Zainab and three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Petra.
Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile had fixed today for the judgment on March 1, 2022, after taking the submissions and adopting the final written addresses of the prosecution and the defence.
Top Court News gathered that the new date is now May 20.
The State Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, accused Nielsen, of suffocating the wife and their daughter to death at about 3:45am, on April 5, 2018, at No. 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi.
Nielsen was subsequently arraigned on a two-count charge of murder under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, on June 13, 2018.
He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him, following which trial commenced.
During the trial, the court heard that Zainab and Petra died of head injuries and suffocation that were not self-inflicted.
A Consultant Pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, told Justice Bola Okikiolu-Ighile that his post-mortem examination of Zainab’s body suggested that she was killed when her nose and mouth were forcibly closed which deprived her of oxygen.
Obafunwa said evidence showed the deceased struggled to free herself from her killer’s grip using her hands and nails.
In his defence, Nielsen affirmed his testimony that he did not kill both Zainab and Petra.